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rizal's maria clara

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Zurekha Noel

on 4 February 2013

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Transcript of rizal's maria clara

- Character portrayed in the novel Noli Me Tangere
- Important figure of the life of the Filipino people
- A female character symbolizing the country then/now.
CHARACTERISTICS Literary Interpretation
- A beautiful and incomprehensible child
- A beautiful and less comprehensible woman
- An innocent, pure and virgin-lily lady.

“Considered as a character of a romantic piece of writing”

Personalistic interpretations:
- Model of womanhood in 20th century of the Philippines
- Woman pulled by modernism or the one hand and still pulled by traditionalism on the other
- Maria Clara was a daughter of a spanish priest
- She was a mestizo
- She was an illegitimate child
- Very weak to be a model for the Filipino womanhood
- Her loyalty vanquished in spirit
- Her modesty of the mind
- Lopez: Rizal did not intended Maria Clara as a model of the Filipino womanhood

Maria Clara Comparisons -Same feebleness, helplessness, fear
None of the qualities that were possessed by:
•Princess Urduja
•Tandang Sora
•Teodora Alonzo
PARODY -Quoted writing
-Instead of admiring the entire woman, they made the mistake of idealizing her external traits
In trying to look like Maria Clara they lost the aura of their Asianic Beauty
Curly hair
Round eyes
European nose
Mouth was small
- real father of Maria Clara
- symbol of the influence of Catholicism/religious life of the Filipino people Ibarra
Symbolizes two things
* Education
* Democratic Freedom Education - during Rizal's time; indios were illiterate.
- Spanish Government was unwilling to provide adequate education for the reasons that it might lead them to subversion and heretical beliefs Democratic Freedom Ibarra and Elias both expressed their views on the governance of the country. Similarities:
They both recognized their views on the governance of the country
Elias: seeks immediate action/solution
Ibarra: looks forward to slow but more enduring reforms Elias
- represents the rural mass
- represents the non-christian authorities
- symbolizes the instinctive drives Rural Qualities:
* a passionate man of action,
* a prudent sort of man in a natural way.
* as full ingenuity in thought and suppleness in action,
* as possessing great presence of mind and fleetness of foot,
* as possessing a lot of initiatives. THREE MEN OF MARIA CLARA: Damaso - real father; catholicism
Ibarra - lover; education and democratic freedom
Elias - poor unlucky friend; poor masses of people MARIA CLARA: YESTERDAY AND TODAY Yesterday
- Absence of National Consciousness
- Rizal initiated to give consciousness in a collaborative manner to his countrymen.
* was a representation of her Native land
* personification of the sad state of Filipino country in the yesteryear's or Rizal's time. Today:
Nick Joaquin: sentimental stock figure in the 1920's Before, Maria Clara
- sad state of the fatherland
Later on, Maria Clara:
- paragon
- caricature
Today, Maria Clara:
- symbolizes the maturer Filipino culture of today THANK YOU. ;)
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